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With World Cup conflict looming, Wimbledon loosens mobile phone restrictions

12 July 2018, 04:44 | Jodi Jackson

Wimbledon organisers say football will not be shown on the big TV screen on'Henman Hill

Spectators watch the TV screen on Henman Hill at Wimbledon

Lewis also insisted that there were no plans to show either Wednesday´s semi-final or Sunday´s final at the World Cup on Wimbledon´s giant TV screen attached to one of the sides of Court One.

Some 44 per cent of United Kingdom said they won't be watching the Men's Final at all on the Sunday due to Andy Murray's absence from this year's competition.

Gareth Southgate's England have been roared on by fans up and down the country as they defied expectations to set up a semi-final with Croatia - with the match taking place in Moscow on Wednesday.

Having said all of this, if England are 1-0 up at half-time, you can bet your life that if whoever is in charge of the big screen on Henman Hill doesn't change the channel, they'll be subject to a sustained verbal volley of a ferocity which John McEnroe could only dream of.


With a smile on his face, he told a post-match press conference: "I'm more concerned the World Cup final will have issues because the Wimbledon final is going on".

The men's singles final will start at 2 pm (1300 GMT) with the big football final kicking off two hours later, so it is likely there will be a clash.

It might be a little embarrassing to see a tennis crowd staring comatose at phones, but apparently it's time for the tennis world to admit other sports exists, with Lewis adding: "It's not unheard of for there to be a ripple of applause or a shout when something happens in the football tournament and I am sure everybody will understand if it does". The rules of entry to the grounds of SW19 had previously stated that devices "must be switched off in and around the courts of play", although the rules appear to have been relaxed with England on the verge of reaching an historic final. We didn't receive one single complaint from anyone who was here who felt their enjoyment of the tennis was interrupted and I'm sure it'll be the same next Sunday.

"Saturday [when England played in the quarter final] was a fantastic day at the championships". "They'll hear every point, wow, love-15, 15-30", he said.



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